Category Archives: commissioned portrait

Sixteen Full-color Portraits of Rescued Cats, Stories and Information in “Great Rescues Day Book”

I’ve used a day book for over 20 years and have all the arrivals and, sadly, departures of each of my cats along with my friends’ weddings, my nieces’ births and the births of their children, the day I first registered my business name, all that sort of stuff, conveniently included in one place. In […]

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Commissioned Portrait Specials for Mothers, Fathers and More

In everyone’s life is at least one special person who shared a love of animals, and in that person’s life there is often an animal companion who is or was very special to them. Read about Shadow, Casey and Ralph and a special Mother’s Day gift from 2006. Mother’s Day is in May and Father’s […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Rocky and Bullwinkle

I’ve had just a few portraits of cats and dogs together and Rocky and Bullwinkle is just about my favorite mostly because of the play of light that we decided to use. The light and shadow and the colors from the brilliant sunlight turned a kind of a typical portrait into one that is really […]

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A Simple Ink Sketch of Our Parents’ Home

I have profiles on a number of different art sites, and this customer found me on a site for local artists to list themselves so that local people wanting art, either existing or commissioned, could look for local artists. In this case parents were moving out of the family home and selling it, and the […]

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Commissioned Feline Portrait: Family of Seven, in Pencil

A portrait of seven cats all in the same image, in a composition that makes sense for all of them and shows all their individual best remembered features, is a challenge, but a fun one. The request from the beginning was that they be in pencil because several of the cats were gray tabbies and […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Four Kitties Watching Mom

These four rescued kitties are supervising their mom working out in the yard! From the left they are Gizmo, Twinkie, Stewart and Elsie, four lucky kitties rescued by people who were working on TNR and found homes for the friendly kitties. The woman’s husband had purchased a gift certificate so that she could choose the […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Hania and Gracja

The reference photo a friend showed me for a portrait he had in mind was in black and white, and immediately I saw the sketch in silvery pencil of lovely Hania and her horse Gracja, just as you see here. It’s just a small portrait, 8 x 10, but captures a moment between the girl […]

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Commissioned Home Paintings: A Unique Childhood Home, 1992

Sketches and paintings of homes were at one time a popular gift for children moving away, parents selling the big family home to downsize, or grandchildren who’d never seen the place but heard the stories. Photographing a home well enough to make it a framable portrait of the place is not an easy task as […]

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A Great Rescue and Commissioned Portrait: “Sooty”

SOMETIMES IT DOESN’T MATTER how much sentiment is attached to adopting a cat, how much people pay for a cat, or how beautiful or sweet it is, that cat is out the door when they no longer want it; sometimes, like Sooty, it is actually headed for its loving forever home and the people who […]

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A Commissioned Portrait Certificate as a Gift

They may be prizewinners or bedraggled street survivors, but no matter—each is precious and fills our lives with joy. And our animal companions were meant to be shared; we can spend hours recounting memorable moments to fellow pet companions, sharing images on social networks, our phones overloaded with photos. Animals are fascinating and beautiful, and […]

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